'To What Avail'
To the editor:
I submitted this "Letter to the editor" about four years ago and it was published. I sincerely believe now is the time for it to be read again by all those that may be interested in the coming election:
"To What Avail?"
In the apparent chaos in the thinking and actions of the United States Congress and the top leadership of our republic during this period of our lives, my mind seems drawn to a passage I read decades ago in the novel, "Wanderer," written by Sterling Hayden. Hayden, a Hollywood actor, was a man torn between the reality of earning a very comfortable living with his acting abilities and his desire to run away to sea as master of his own sailing vessel. He had this to say about "Freedom Lost."
"To what avail the plough or sale, or love, or life – if freedom fail."
I personally believe in the United States, as we have known it, is coming to a crossroad very fast. Serious thought to that simple one line above should be considered by all of us as our lawmakers and leaders, from those in the past to those in the present, try to lead us down the "government knows best for us" road. We don't need Washington to lead us down life's path.
Bill Willroth, Sr.